Houston Astros: Three thoughts on the team’s unique situation

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Thought #2: Prayers amid a tragedy

Prayers all around

You know, the Astros lost Wednesday night 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs. But I just can’t find it in myself to be disappointed because of what happened when Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a line drive foul ball that unfortunately hit a little girl in the stands.

I do hope that by the time this entry is posted that she’s okay and will be able to return to Houston Astros games. So I’m sending prayers to her and her family as well. But I’m also sending prayers to Almora Jr. because he was obviously emotional and upset after that. Whether you believe in religion or not, you have to feel compassion for both parties.

We sometimes forget that ballplayers are human and that they show emotion when something negative happens. Last night was an example of that as Almora Jr. immediately reacted in shock. The whole place was quiet and watching it on TV, you knew something bad had happened.

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You saw his teammates and manager trying to comfort him and some of our players like Wade Miley checking to see if he was alright. But then, you see him crying while he’s hugging one of the security guards as he was checking to see if she was okay. That’s an image that should be shown on the highlights for years to come.

Reports surfaced that the girl seemed to be okay and was taken to the hospital for precautionary purposes. Still, you have to feel bad for Almora Jr. It was an accident, but that’s not an easy thing to witness. There probably will be more talks about MLB safety and expanding nets to prevent hard line drives into the seats. But at least it’s just another reminder that life is more important than a game.